The Capital Heights Beautification Committee’s neighborhood cleanup starts at 8 a.m. Sunday.

Anyone interested in the beautification project is invited to meet at Brew-Ha-Ha Coffee Shop.

Emily Carlson, co-chairwoman with the group, said volunteers will pick up trash on Claycut Road and Capital Heights and work on the neighborhood flower beds.

Residents who can’t volunteer can help out by donating gardening supplies or money.

For information, email

Finalists named

Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School eighth-grader Adeline Roemer was among the 18 students selected as regional finalists in the state’s annual Students of the Year competition.

The 18 students selected include one fifth-, eighth-, and 12th-grader from each of the state’s six regions and represent public and nonpublic elementary, middle and high schools across Louisiana.

The finalists will convene at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge April 22 for an awards ceremony and the announcement of the state Students of the Year winners from each grade.

Art in the Park

BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery will hold its annual Art in the Park event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at City-Brooks Community Park, 1515 Dalrymple Drive.

Admission is free and features local painters, dancers and other expressive performers.

An annual family-friendly community event, Art in the Park highlights the visual and performing arts in Baton Rouge set in the serene City-Brooks Community Park.

The event also features a variety of children’s art activities, including a sidewalk chalk drawing contest, an artists’ portfolio sale throughout the day, free art appraisals from noon to 3 p.m., two stages of musical performances and a “Picture Your Park” Juried Photography Exhibit.

The event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Taylor Clark Gallery, Poulter Investment Advisors, Royal Cyclops Productions and the BREC Foundation.

For information, call the Baton Rouge Gallery at 225-383-1470 or visit

Contact Mid City Advocate Editor Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1998; or email ddenstorff@theadvocate. Deadline: 5 p.m. Friday.